After reading the Breeders'n'Keepers Wildshrimp China-edition I really wanted to get some of the beauties shown in there. Especially Caridina trifasciata which is found in a few streams in New Territories, Hong Kong on the Sai Kung Peninsula and Kai Sau Chai Island.
For reference; the species description: CARIDINA TRIFASCIATA, A NEW SPECIES OF FRESHWATER SHRIMP (DECAPODA: ATYIDAE) FROM HONG KONG.
Being close to impossible to find in Denmark where fancy-coloured Neocaridina davidi and Taiwan bees dominate the hobby, I got some Caridina trifasciata from Garnelen-Guemmer in Germany mid-february and further 11 from a German breeder. All are still alive and well. Even a couple carrying eggs are spotted.
On arrival all looked similar; transparent body with a few black markings across. After settling in, the colours I was after are showing; blue, white, black, transparent and all in between!
Keeping wild-type shrimp is definately something I will give more focus. I don't think any selection for colour can be made with these chameleons, but that is not my goal. I just like to watch the diversity in a group like this.
10 random animals, big diversity!
Female carrying eggs. White patches on the back.
Freshly arrived yesterday from a German breeder! Good looking animals: